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NFL players are kneeling at the National Anthem

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Patriots players kneel during the national anthem.

Patriots players kneel during the national anthem.

Patriots players kneel during the national anthem.

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Some NFL players have started kneeling in protest since game one of their schedule. Is it right that these NFL players should be allowed to protest during the National Anthem of the United States of America? Should these NFL players be punished for their actions, or should these players have the right to kneel? The players are defending their protest by saying that they are protesting inequality. Should this be allowed?  

Some say that they should be allowed because it is a right as an American. Even if others don’t understand why they are rebelling, citizens still have the power to express their opinions. In the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and free expression, so kneeling at the football games during the anthem isn’t breaking any laws. Nothing states that this is illegal, so the players aren’t necessarily doing anything wrong. “I refuse to be one of those people who watches injustices yet does nothing,” explains Erick Reid of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the protesting players.

On the other hand, people say the practice of kneeling during the anthem should be prohibited. People have been saying it is not the place nor the time to express their views; instead, it is a time to stand in unity and show togetherness. In addition, many say that the veterans that have fought for our country are being disrespected when players kneel during the anthem. People on this side say that citizens should always have to stand for the United States National Anthem. “Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday…. These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” Tweeted President Donald Trump.  

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